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International Air Transport Association (IATA)

25th September 2020 - 12:30pm


IATA is calling for the development and deployment of #COVID19 testing for all air passengers before departure, as an alternative to quarantine measures, in order to safely re-establish global air connectivity.


The testing of all passengers before departure will be key to restoring the freedom of mobility safely across borders and facilitate the rebuilding of economies, countries and livelihoods.


International travel is 92% down on 2019 levels. Over half a year has passed since global connectivity was destroyed as countries closed their borders to fight COVID-19. Some governments have cautiously re-opened borders since then, but there has been limited uptake because either quarantine measures make travel impractical or the frequent changes in COVID-19 measures make planning impossible.

“The key to restoring the freedom of mobility across borders is systematic COVID-19 testing of all travellers before departure. This will give governments the confidence to open their borders without complicated risk models that see constant changes in the rules imposed on travel. Testing all passengers will give people back their freedom to travel with confidence. And that will put millions of people back to work,” said Alexandre de Juniac (IATA Director General & CEO).

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